They were warm hospitable hosts, providing many family members (anxious to leave the humdrum of Philadelphia) a days outing. One of these visitors was Uncle John, who while watching Uncle Joe make chocolate candy to sell to the locals, convinced him to use his pastry chef talents and arranged a position for him with the Bellevue Strafford Hotel, one of the fine hotels in Philadelphia.
Mildred, commuted by train each day to Philadelphia to work as a secretary in a Federal government office until she married Anthony Mattarese, whose family also immigrated from Ischia, and were the owners of the town grocery store. Natalie married Donato (Dan) Di Silvio, a prosperous farmer, who on my last visit to his farm directed me to the best store to buy well-fed pork advising me that there was a difference in the quality. Louis, the only son, proved to have city inclinations and settled in Philadelphia where his descendants are living.
As a young child, I remember visiting Uncle Joe and Aunt Angelina and knew them slightly; however, I realize that I missed knowing quality people who reared quality people. Although eighty years old, Mildred’s superior memory has provided information, previously unknown to me, about my grandparents.
Although I was aware of the untimely death of my grandmother's oldest son, who was loved by everyone of his eight siblings, (a feat not too many others in the family could claim); Mildred strongly indicated the depth and lasting pain this caused my grandmother.
My conjectures as to why my family remained with my Grandparents, who still had an unmarried son and daughters at home, was clarified a bit when Mildred enlightened me that my grandmother was much concerned about my deaf parents raising children and encouraged them to live with her.
I enjoyed listening to Mildred relate an encounter with my grandfather, who she met during a trip to center city. Although he was on his way to sell his produce to a Philadelphia hotel; he conversed with her a while and then excused himself because if he did not get to the hotel first someone else would make the sale.
On occasion my dad and I visited Mildred; she was consistently a delightful conversationalist who served great homemade pie.
Grandchildren of Louis and Pauline Falzarone
Grandchildren of Natalina and Donato Di Silvio
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